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Job and Internship Listings

Below you’ll find a list of job and internship opportunities.
Applications should be sent according to the instructions on each full job description.

Young Leadership (Alexander Associate) position at the American Jewish Committee
Link to job description here

We’re Hiring!

As this semester winds down, we’re gearing up for the next! Our construction is NEARLY done so we need to staff our kitchen ASAP. Please pass this message along to someone who may enjoy being a part of the Slifka team!

Front of house Part Time WILLNG TO TRAIN: $16.50/hr (one opening)
https://jobs.compassgroupcareers.com/job-invite/1014733/

Utility Part Time WILLING TO TRAIN: $15.00 (one opening)
https://jobs.compassgroupcareers.com/job-invite/1014731/

Cook Full Time $18.00 (need 2)
https://jobs.compassgroupcareers.com/job-invite/1014651/

Sous Chef Full Time $22 (one opening)
https://jobs.compassgroupcareers.com/job-invite/1014603/ 

Reflections on memory on this year’s Yom Hashoah

Dear beloved members of Yale’s Jewish community,

I hope this message finds you well. 

Yom Hashoah’s annual occurrence is a reminder to remember, a call to memory. The perennial question is how. We light candles, we tell stories, we gather. We try to hold memory in our hands, in our voices, in the space between us, all while knowing that it is not something so easily made tangible or visible. 

We are tasked with both the re-opening and preservation of the metaphysical archives, which contain the memories of the victims of the Nazi genocide. Recognizing that it is not an easy task, we undertake it anyway, keeping alive the stories and lives of victims and survivors alike by telling and hearing them. We insist on seeing and hearing horror in its dark totality. We deliberately re-engage with the experiences of the very people the Nazis tried to erase.

When thinking about questions of memory and storytelling, I often return to the powerfully lyrical words of Alejandra Pizarnik, an Argentinian Jewish poet, and contemporary of the Holocaust’s victims and survivors. Pizarnik was preoccupied with silence, suffering and language – and her work develops the themes of estrangement, childhood, and death, which are central to Yom Hashoah’s meaning.

The six lines of her poem “Tabla Rasa” or “Blank Slate” from the collection Uncollected Poems (1962–1972) depict the depth, fluidity, and fragility of memory: 

 

cisternas en la memoria                                              cisterns in memory

ríos en la memoria                                                          rivers in memory

charcas en la memoria                                                 pools in memory

siempre agua en la memoria                                    always water in memory

viento en la memoria                                                    wind in memory

soplan en la memoria                                                   whispering in memory

Always water. Memory is like the sediment that collects at the bottom of a riverbed. Time is liquid. It flows like blood through veins, its current fast, slow, and strong and never in one direction. With its current we leave behind small particles, slips of sandy paper, that float to the bottom. What is painful, unjust, traumatic does not get sifted out, but settles with the rest. We are left with what appears to be a singular murky mass, but what is actually layers upon layers, built up and sometimes washed away. 

This question returns to “how?”: how do we remember to remember? What do we do when all we have is memories of memories? How do we reach to the bottom of the riverbed and make sense of the grains of sand? 

Renee Hartman, a Holocaust survivor, author, New Haven resident, and one of the creators of the Fortunoff Archive at Yale crystallized her defiance of the Nazi attempts to kill her and her sister through her poetry and memoir – and made these memories into public knowledge through reading her work, keeping her evocations from fading. Renee was born in Czechoslovakia in 1933 and lived with her sister, Herta, and their mother and father. Their family was deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and Renee and her sister were liberated in 1945 as the only survivors from their family. Renee has published books of poetry, Bergen-Belsen 2009, a chapter in the anthology, The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust, and her memoir Signs of Survival, A Memoir of the Holocaust. I urge you to hear her own voice in this episode from the Fortunoff Archive, to make your memory into a tool to defy the disintegration of the past. 

You can find others who, like Hartman and Pizarnik, resisted evil and inertia with poetry, in any and every Holocaust poem; this collection of Holocaust poetry is a good starting-place. In each author’s attempt to express what might be ultimately inexpressible, we see them in more than one dimension, as both those who suffered and those who made art with or despite this suffering. Through poetry, they process individual and collective histories and their violence in public. They navigate an aesthetic medium as both object and subject, creating work that transcends and interrogates time and geography. 

Thank you for dedicating some of this solemn and sacred day to making our community a living place of memory, care, and resolve. As always, I am grateful for your questions, ideas, and memories. 

 

Yours, in search of memory,

Aviva Green 

Class of 2022

Congratulations to the class of 2022!  We look forward to celebrating with you, and your family and friends!

Slifka Center will be hosting Shabbat meals over Commencement Weekend at Slifka Center (80 Wall Street).  You may click this link to register for meals. Shabbat dinner and Shabbat lunch is complimentary for graduating seniors.

Here is the schedule of Slifka Center programs during the weekend:

Friday, May 20
6:20 pm              Kabbalat Shabbat Services* – depending on interest
7:30 pm              Shabbat Dinner

Saturday, May 21
9:14 am              Shabbat Services* – depending on interest.
12:30 pm           Shabbat Lunch
4:30 pm              Renovation Tour at Slifka Center, 80 Wall Street
7:30 pm              Mincha* – depending on interest
tbd                         Third Meal

*If you are interested in religious services, please reach out to Nathalie Garcia Mora at Slifka Center before Thursday at 1:00 pm at nathalie.garciamora@yale.edu.

Please let us know how Slifka Center can help make your Yale graduation more festive and meaningful.  Mazel Tov!

updated May 19, 2022

Class of 2020

We look forward to welcoming back alumni from the class of 2020!

Slifka Center will host Shabbat meals, a Renovation Tour at our building at 80 Wall Street, and Shabbat Services depending on interest,  on May 13-14. Please see our schedule below and the relevant registration information.

Shabbat MealsClick here to register for Shabbat Meals
Shabbat Services – Email Nathalie Garcia Mora at Slifka Center to express your interest in Shabbat Services at nathalie.garciamora@yale.edu.

2020 Commencement Celebration

Friday, May 13
5:45 pm                Kabbalat Shabbat Services at Slifka North on Whitney – depending on interest
7:00 pm                Shabbat Dinner at Slifka North on Whitney Avenue

Saturday, May 14
12 to 3:00 pm    Shabbat Lunch at Slifka North
4:30 pm                Renovation Tour at Slifka Center, 80 Wall Street
Tbd                         Third Meal

Please let us know how we can help make this special Alumni Celebration more festive and meaningful for you, and your family and friends.  Mazel Tov!

updated May 10, 2022

 

This Week at Slifka

 Info below for the week of 5/9/2022

Daily meals will be served at Slifka North from 11-1 and 5-7  Monday – Wednesday

CONGRATS ON FINISHING OUT THE SEMESTER!

Weekday Monday Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday  Friday          Saturday Sunday
Brunch/Lunch Hot Lunch from Edge of the Woods Turkey, Roast Beef, or Salami Wraps

Potato Salad

Helath Salad

Fruit platter

Oatmeal Rasin Cookies

BYO Sandwhiches

Sliced Turkey
Roast Beef
Corned Beef
L, T, O, Pickles

Cole Slaw

Garden Salad

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pesto Grilled Chicken

Roasted Vegetables

Mediterranean Couscous

Hummus

Pita

Cookie Platter

Dinner/Third meal Crudite

Italian Chicken Tenders

Roasted Tofu

Tater Tots

Roasted Broccoli

Shepherd’s Pie

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Parve Casear Salad

Garlic Knots

Jelly Roll

Safe Travels after Finals!! Sliced Turkey with Gravy

Butter tofu

Ovenroasted Carrots and Parsnips

Bismati Rice

Parve Ceasar Salad

Vegan Apple Strudel

Egg Salad

Tuna Salad

Seasonal Quinoa

Helath Salad

Challah Rolls

Chocolate Chip Cookies

5.9.22 Allergy Info

 

Did you know you can have virtual and physical coffee dates with the Student-Facing Staff?
Mondays:
Aviva @ Koffee 2-3
Tuesdays: Lauren @ Willoughby’s 11:15-12:15
R ‘ Alex @ Bass Cafe 3:30-4:30
Wednesdays: Rachel @ Schwartzmann 2-3
Thursdays: R’ Jason @ the Acorn 4-5
You can also have a virtual coffee date with Andrew HERE

This week at Slifka:

  • Friday Shabbat Dinner:  RSVP Necessary please reach out to Jennifer Wallis

Slifka Center Security Update

View Memo sent out HERE or read more below.

Event is posted HERE; please feel free to share

Dear members of Yale’s Jewish community,

We hope our words find you, your family, and your communities safe and well in this difficult moment for the Jewish people and America.
We are writing to invite you to join a high-level security briefing on the situation of Yale’s Jewish community Monday night, January 24 at 8 pm ET at this Zoom link. We will share information about Slifka Center’s current security infrastructure and our work with Yale Security and the Jewish community’s security network.

Together, we all anxiously watched the hostage situation at Beth Israel Synagogue in Coreyville, Texas on Saturday night – and together breathed a deep sigh of relief as we learned that the rabbi and congregants had emerged safely. That incident was another terrifying manifestation of the violent power of ancient antisemitic tropes here in America in 2022, and it struck close to home because we realized that this could have happened at literally any place where Jews gather, including to us. Slifka Center is such a place, and Yale’s Jewish students deserve the peace of mind that they are well-protected.

As the events were unfolding Saturday night, we gathered over 40 members of our community in prayer, words of comfort, and the recitation of Psalms. At that moment, our duty was to comfort our students. Now, and going forward, we must redouble our efforts to protect them. The financial responsibility for securing Yale’s Jewish community – salaries for security personnel and physical infrastructure hardening – is currently borne solely by Slifka Center. On Monday night’s call we will discuss the partnership and planning needed to keep Jewish students safe.

We hope to see you Monday night for this important discussion. If you would like to support Slifka Center’s efforts to secure Yale’s Jewish community, please contact Uri at uri.cohen@yale.edu. We also invite you to make a gift to support these efforts to keep our students safe in Jewish spaces on campus. You may click this link to donate online.

Sincerely,

Uri Cohen Executive Director

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale

Yale vs Harvard 2021

As you know, The Game is coming up on Saturday, November 20 – and we’re thrilled that it’s back in New Haven this year.

Due to Yale’s COVID restrictions, we are unable to welcome guests (including both Yale alumni and Harvard visitors) to join our community for Shabbat this year. However, we are pleased to offer Shabbat Boxes to-go for both Shabbat dinner and Saturday lunch for purchase by those who preregister no later than Friday, November 12. Meals can be picked up Friday evening November 19 and Saturday morning November 20 at “Slifka North” – the temporary facility we are using at 105 Whitney Street while our main building is closed for construction.

Please order your meals here!

Looking forward to seeing you, and go Yale!

Rejecting Condemnation of Israel at Yale

Dear beloved, dispersed members of Yale’s Jewish community,

We hope our message finds each of you well.

As you may already know, earlier tonight the Yale College Council (YCC) voted to adopt a Statement of Condemnation against Israel by a narrow margin.

Yale’s undergraduate Jewish leaders devoted the past several weeks to opposing the Council’s adoption of this measure. In their opening remarks at tonight’s meeting, they urged the YCC to consider the effects of this condemnation on Yale’s students,

If YCC were to sign on to such a one-sided and totalizing statement, they would position themselves, as representatives of the entire student body, firmly against Israel. Severe condemnation becomes the new baseline, and those who fall short of that stand outside the community. Not only does this cast aside students who support Israel, but without a neutral baseline, it makes it harder to maintain an environment of open dialogue and forces students, particularly Jewish students, to take a stance.

As YCC, you are committed to promoting the mental and social health of the Yale undergraduate community. This has been anything but a healthy situation for Jews at Yale. In May, the attention on Israel and on Jews as its perceived representatives led to open hostility on social media, vandalism of synagogues and of campus Hillels, such as Harvard’s, even physical anti-semitic attacks, such as those in New York, LA, and London. Although much of this occurs far from Yale, the anxiety and fear is present nevertheless. YCC has done nothing to address that anxiety, but your signing on is likely to exacerbate it.

Slifka Center is a proponent of every student group raising its voice at Yale. We are practitioners of student democracy internally and supporters of it throughout the university and beyond. We are animated by commitments to truth and justice, including by identifying and combating entrenched structures of inequality and oppression. Finally, we are committed to the broadest range of moral and political positions on Israel and Palestinian rights — including views left, right, and center that challenge accepted opinion and use prophetic claims to highlight moral crises.

It is because of, and not despite, these commitments that we object to the YCC condemning Israel. The adopted statement is one-dimensional and myopic to the point of willful ignorance, unworthy of this university’s dedication to the world-shaping power of truth. More concerningly, the statement’s silence on Israeli deaths – reserving its concern exclusively for Palestinians – sends a chilling message that Jewish lives and deaths are unworthy of comment, much less moral outrage. In erasing the dangers confronting Jews at a moment of rising antisemitic violence here in America, the very body entrusted with the welfare of Yale’s undergraduate students has not only veered from its mission; it has betrayed the students it was created to defend.

Sadly, our duties tonight – to the Jewish community and to Yale at large – include highlighting this condemnation’s antisemitic overtones. We do not invoke the charge of antisemitism lightly, particularly because it has been weaponized to silence even measured and justified criticism of Israel. But this statement is neither measured nor justified: it characterizes the Jewish state as an agent of the world’s most reprehensible forces and guilty of the most unspeakable crimes – in other words, demonically. In so doing, this condemnation stands in a two-millenium chain of antisemitic works. This genealogy may be invisible to its authors and adherents because the outsized perfidy they ascribe to the Jewish state is formulated in contemporary terms – but it is clear, terrifying, and familiar to us. So tonight, with grief and resolve, we are reckoning with the dawning realization that antisemitism at Yale is not confined neatly to the quota era of the past, but is a component of life for today’s Jewish students.

Tonight’s decision was not in keeping with the YCC’s stated mission of “protect[ing] student rights and freedoms; foster[ing] school unity and pride.”  It was a betrayal of this promise of protection and a blow to the moral fiber that binds Yale and humanity together.

We write these words with full knowledge that some Jewish undergraduates were among those advocating for the YCC’s adoption of this condemnation. We embrace them – you – as members of our Jewish community, along with your commitments to Judaism and to justice. Our response to tonights’ vote is not about politics, but the justified fear and concern felt by many members of our community – and our sacred obligation to stand with and for every member of Yale’s Jewish community.

All of us at Slifka Center stand in solidarity with everyone whose commitments to the equal dignity of all residents of Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel impel them to seek a just peace, and who are able and willing to simultaneously hold the complexity and anguish of both Palestinian and Jewish pain. Sadly, tonight’s decision was a defeat for these principles. We hope that in the coming months the YCC will make good on its responsibilities to Jewish students, and to all Yale students. And today, we reaffirm our commitment to an expansive vision and practice of Judaism, one that defies antisemitism but is not defined by that defiance, reaching always outward as we build a home for every Jewish student and a welcoming destination for all – a beacon of dialogue, moral vision, and humanity.

 

Yours in solidarity,

Uri Cohen, Executive Director

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale

Ruthie Davis, Hillel Student Board Co-President

Zevi Siegal, Hillel Student Board Co-President